As the holidays roll through, the messes that follow have begun mocking me.
Between my depression and ADHD… saying that cleaning is a struggle is an understatement. THE understatement.
It seems like no matter what I do, I can’t win this battle. I’ve researched and Pinned and Youtubed my way through advice. Some advice wasn’t at all helpful to me, at least not yet. While I would love to have a place for everything and keep it there, I’m not yet at that part of this journey. If you’re anything like me and need the baby-steps of this mental health struggle, some of the following tips might be just what you need.

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Set a timer.
Set a timer. Not to do a 10 minute rush cleanup, but instead set a timer to remind you to pick up 5-10 things. Every 10 minutes, pick up 5 things. Once done, repeat for an hour.

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Work left to right.
Start somewhere. Resisting the urge to bounce from place to place (yes, this is so hard for some of us), move to your right. Keep moving to your right, cleaning as you go, until you are back where you started.

Never leave empty handed.
When you get up to use the bathroom or grab a drink from the kitchen, take something with you and put it away along the way. On your way back, do the same thing.

5 Ways To Get Kids To Pick Up Their Stuff (Without Nagging!)

Begin with the littlest steps and mastering those. Then add some of the bigger steps once you feel ready.

What helps you stay on top of the mess?


I have been trying to get back into writing. I swear. Slowly but surely it’s starting to happen.
So, in the meantime you are extremely likely to see some… less than exciting posts from me.

Enjoy the process I guess. Or don’t. I’m not your mom.

Preparing for E-Learning

E-learning is going to be a thing this upcoming semester for my kids.

What does this mean for my kids? Well, they get to enjoy going to their previously planned after-school program ALL DAY. But instead of the usual after-school activities, they will also be doing their school work. All while social-distancing, of course.

What does this mean for me? It means that not only do I get to continue going to work, but in the weeks leading up to their “return” to school I am going to deliver food almost non-stop to pay for it all.

Which is fine. Exhausting, but fine.

Work Work Work

Believe it or not, I am a workaholic.
I know, hard to believe that a Capricorn would be a workaholic. (Why are like this, anyways?!)

While I absolutely love my job and coworkers, I have been looking for a second and even third one. I have even begun doing food deliveries.

My kids’ school, like many others, will be remote learning for the time being. Which, when it comes right down to it, means that I need to come up with an additional ~$300 a week in order for them to attend a day program.

Yes. I am using this as an excuse to work more. And even though I would love to be putting that $1200 a month towards paying off my debt, family vacation, or something fun, that’s just not the reality right now.
So I’m going to keep hustling. Keep making that money. And when things get back to “normal”, hopefully we can all relax and enjoy our lives.

Hand me my scissors!

So many of us are looking for ways to entertain ourselves right now.
Whether you’re considered “essential” and are looking for an escape, or you’re stuck in the house needing a way to occupy your time, crafts have come to the rescue.

I used to do some light scrapbooking, mainly for loved ones. I never did manage to make any for myself.
When is a better time than now? Not like I have anywhere to be.
In-sore shopping is definitely out, but there are some great options online. is one of these sites. They even have kits for those of us who are just testing the waters of this hobby.
If you have kids at home, they can get into this activity too. Have them make their own “Quarantine Scrapbook” filled with their favorite parts of this wild time.

I would LOVE to see some of your works in progress!
What will you start with?

A Running Start to 2018

Thanks to a number of health related issues, the beginning of the 2018 year have been less than ideal. It’s been a long, painful month. Being me, I tried to find the positives to the challenges of January and realized that I now had a lot of practice with self care. Taking better care of myself is something that I’ve been working on and January forced me to be better at it.


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What’s your go-to self-care tip?


Happy New Year Everyone!

I’m not one that’s big on “New Year Resolutions”. At. All.

Why? Why wait to start something until January 1st? Why not start your goals NOW? But you know what I realized? That I have a thing or two that I would like to achieve this year. I’ve been working on these goals, and with it being 2018, what better time to share them than now?

  1. Regular and more frequent posts.

Posting on more of a schedule and with more frequency is something I have been working towards. Yes, life is busy, but isn’t that just more fuel for this fire? I’d like to think so!

  1. Work with my Dremel.

I used to have my Dremel out all. the. time. But take a wild guess what tool is near impossible to use when you suffer from chronic migraines… Ugh, too many migraine flare-ups have caused me to put one of my favorite tools away for too long.

  1. Drink more water.

We all know that it’s good for us. Yet, somehow… I just can’t do right by my body when it comes to my water intake. Hold me to it 2018!

  1. Display more art.

Simple. So simple! But do I do it? No. And who know why? Couldn’t possibly be because I’m forgetful, or want to find that “perfect place”, or that I have kids who like to mess with things once I hang them up. Nope, that couldn’t be it.

Gifting Subscriptions

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